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Issue #1, December 2000

Minneapolis 'Fourth Wave' Complaint Alleges Playing in Vermiculite Caused Illness

The next of kin of four Minneapolis residents blame the illnesses of their loved ones on the contaminated vermiculite they played in as children, a complaint filed on Oct. 3 states

California District Court Says OCF Claims Against Big Tobacco Belong in State Court

A U.S. District Court in California has remanded a complaint filed by Owens Corning to recover from several tobacco companies money it paid for asbestos-related claims the company says

Class Certification Denied in Asbestos Suits Against Big Tobacco; Limitations Tolled

U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein has denied the National Asbestos Workers Medical Fund's motion for class certification in its suit filed against the major U.S. tobacco companies to recover expenses

Delaware Court Issues TRO to Protect Owens Corning's Foreign Subsidiaries

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary F. Walrath has granted Owens Corning's motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevents Owens Corning's creditors from acting against its foreign

Trustee Appoints Committees to Oversee OCF Bankruptcy

U.S. Trustee Frederic J. Baker has appointed a committee of asbestos claimants and of general unsecured creditors who will oversee the bankruptcy proceedings of Owens Corning. In the Matter of Owens

Exxon Liable for Asbestos-Related Deaths, Louisiana Jury Finds

In what is being called a rare asbestos liability verdict, a Louisiana jury has awarded a total of $9.25 million to the families of two former Exxon workers who developed mesothelioma

New York Jury Renders $1.5 Million Verdict Against Retailer Sears, Or Did It?

A jury in upstate New York has awarded $1.5 million to a mesothelioma patient in what could be the first such judgment rendered against a retailer who sold asbestos-containing products

Texas Appeals Court: Trial Court Erred When Imposing Injunction Against Asbestos Investigators

A Texas trial court that stopped two defendant-hired investigators from interrogating current and former employees of an asbestos plaintiffs' firm lacked jurisdiction to do so because the investigators were not

Calif. Court: Disease That Preceded Asbestosis Diagnosis Did Not Trigger Limitations Statute

The discovery of one asbestos-related disease does not trigger the statute of limitations for a seaman's claim under the Jones Act for damages he allegedly suffered as a result of a subsequent

Libby's Legacy: Are There Hundreds of other U.S. towns Just Like It?

Dr. Alan Whitehouse, renowned for his treatment of hundreds afflicted with asbestos-related disease, stood before a room of colleagues recently in Kalispell, Mont., explaining that by no means have they seen

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